By DIANA KRUZMAN, BOYLE HEIGHTS BEAT
Boyle Heights — Jurors on Monday found a Los Angeles Police Department officer not liable for the shooting death of 14-year-old Jesse Romero in Boyle Heights in 2016, a verdict that drew criticism from protesters.
Romero’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against LAPD and the city of Los Angeles last year after Los Angeles prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against officer Eden Medina, who has claimed he feared for his life when he shot Romero during a police chase two years ago. A Los Angeles Police Commission investigation found that Medina acted within protocol, and he continues to be employed by the department.
Protesters led by social justice organization Centro CSO stood outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse throughout the week-long trial and during the jury deliberations, demanding that Medina be held responsible for the killing of Romero, who they said was unarmed at the time that he was shot.
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